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Line manager information and guidance on Brexit

How you can support exisiting staff and what to be aware of when recruiting new staff.

Recruiting new staff

You can continue to advertise vacancies in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

You can still accept applications from individuals from a country within the EU, EEA and Switzerland and who are already in the UK prior to the exit date.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, those individuals who are not in the UK prior to the exit date will still be able to apply for positions but they will need to apply for the European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR) Scheme or under a future immigration system which will allow EU, EEA and Swiss citizens to live, work and study in the UK after the exit date.

They can find out more by signing up for email updates from the UK Government and using the UK Government’s Brexit checker on Gov.UK which is a decision matrix which takes them through getting ready for Brexit.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit you can still accept applications from individuals applying from a country outside of the EU, EEA and Switzerland using the same recruitment process as it was before the exit date, ensuring that the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) has been applied and a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) sought if an individual needs a Tier 2 visa.

If you have a successful applicant who is due to take up a position at the University after the exit date then you may wish to consider bringing their start date forward. This will of course be in line with operational need and in agreement with the applicant and HR.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens taking up a position at the University before the exit date will be able to apply for ‘pre-settled’ status which provides more certainty as an immigration route whereas individuals taking up a position after the exit date will have to apply for the Euro TLR Scheme.

Right to Work Checks

You will not be required to distinguish between EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who moved to the UK before or after Brexit until a new, points-based immigration system is introduced from January 2021.

Until such time, right to work checks should be undertaken as they are now and all EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will be able to evidence their right to work here using their passport or national identity card.

Travel plans

If you or your staff have plans to travel, please read the information on the Brexit travel planning webpage.

Supporting staff

As a University, we are continuing to check our guidance against that published by the UK Government so that we can provide the most up to date information for our current and prospective staff.

We recognise that this will be a challenging time for many in our campus community, particularly those staff from the EU, EEA and Switzerland who may feel particularly vulnerable. Your role as a line manager is particularly important in making these colleagues feel welcome and able to talk about their concerns.

For further information as to what support is available for them and their family members, please refer to our Brexit webpages.

If you have any concerns or are unsure, do speak to your line manager or Head of Department. If they are unable to help, please contact the HR team.

If you are aware of a member of staff who needs support, please direct them to the range of staff counselling services on offer.

If you are aware of students who need support, please encourage them to contact Student Services on ext. 4321, 01225 383838 or studentservices@bath.ac.uk or call into one of the wellbeing drop-in sessions which are open every afternoon of the year in the Roper Student Services Centre in 4W.